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Serena Bag – Yams by Maath Maralngurra

$65.00 inc. GST

This lovely bag features a design by Maath Maralngurra from Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) in the Northern Territory.

Small, handy bag that can be worn off the shoulder or cross body, big enough to hold everything you need such as phone, purse/wallet, keys, camera and lots more.

The fabric was hand-printed in the community and then beautifully crafted by our fair trade partners in Cambodia.

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The internal compartment is quite spacious and fully lined. Externally there are two more pockets secured with zips. Each one goes to the full depth of the bag. Adjustable shoulder strap that is sewn securely to the body of the bag so very strong. Fittings are brass and durable.

H: 25 cm (10 inch)
W: 19 cm (7.5 inch)
Feature fabric: Cotton drill. Lining and matching fabric is cotton.
Color: As shown, reverse of bag is black.

Please note that each bag is unique and the placement of the fabric design is different and wonderful on each item.

Fabric Design: Karrparrda (Long Yam) hand printed in Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) in the NT.

Artist: Maath Maralngurra
Maath has been painting since his late teens. His painting style is defined by extremely delicate line work and the translucency of his ochres. His father, Gabriel Maralngurra is a renowned Kunwinjku artist and a founding member of Injalak Arts. Maath’s grandfather, Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek was an important influence and mentor in his early development as an artist.

Design: Karrbarrda (Long Yams) 2013
The heart-shaped leaves of the edible karrbarda (Dioscorea transversa or long yam) are similar to mankinjdjek (Dioscorea bulbifera known as the “cheeky yam”. The cheeky yam is poisonous unless properly prepared. But the old people know how to tell the leaves apart. Women used to dig up long yams with kunbalkbu (digging sticks), but now they usually use kubba (“crow bars”, sticks fashioned from bits of metal). They go into the forest, to the places they know the yams will be, dig them up and cook them in the ashes of the fire. Kunwinjku people still eat them but the young girls today often don’t know how to recognise the leaves of the long yam, only the old women.
Karrbarda is also the subject of a song cycle that is still performed in Gunbalanya today.

The fabric was sourced from Injalak Arts – you can buy fabric direct from the art centre. Visit their Etsy store here:

Kravan House, our maker/partner, trains, employs and supports disabled artisans and has been doing so since 2003 when founder Thanan Hok founded it.

Limited Edition: All our products are made in small batches as all the fabrics are handprinted in very limited quantities, sometimes no more than 2 metres.